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Parents take warning: if your kids are uploading videos of themselves to YouTube, they could be unwittingly attracting pedophiles. YouTube has found itself in hot water this week after YouTuber Matt Watson posted a video on February 17th detailing how pedophiles are exploiting the platform with little retribution [Note: this video contains language and content some may find offensive and/or disturbing].
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In his video, which currently has over 2 million views, Watson explains that what pedophiles are doing on YouTube is finding innocuous videos of children, typically little girls. The girls might be sitting and talking, doing gymnastics, or playing outside. Then the predators either comment on the original videos or take parts of the originals and create their own.
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In the comments beneath these videos, the pedophiles will put timestamps, directing viewers to “moments of interest” in each video–that is, moments where the children are in positions that could be construed as sexual. Users will leave suggestive comments under the videos, saying that a girl is a “goddess,” “beautiful,” and so on. Those are by far the most mild comments, according to what WIRED found.
Watson created his video out of outrage, not merely that YouTube is tolerating this activity, but that the company is actually facilitating it.
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It’s no secret that YouTube is a consumer-driven platform. If people watch a video on one topic, when the video is finished, the platform will show related videos users might be interested in watching next. If users don’t choose one or hit “cancel,” YouTube will autoplay one it thinks the viewer will find interesting. The purpose of this,...
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